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'''Honoré de Balzac''' (;[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/balzac "Balzac"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. , born '''Honoré Balzac''',Jean-Louis Dega, La vie prodigieuse de Bernard-François Balssa, père d'Honoré de Balzac : Aux sources historiques de La Comédie humaine, Rodez, Subervie, 1998, 665 p. 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence ''La Comédie Humaine'', which presents a panorama of Napoleonic Era|post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his ''Masterpiece|magnum opus''. Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of Literary realism|realism in European literature.[https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=myLDA0_brhcC&pg=PA102 ''Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English'' (2000): ''qv.'' "La...
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Birth date{{Birth date|df=yes|1799|05|20}}
Birth placeTours, Indre-et-Loire, France
Death date{{Death date and age|df=yes|1850|08|18|1799|05|20}}
Death placeParis, France
Resting placePère Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Alma materUniversity of Paris
OccupationWriter, critic, journalist, printer (publishing)|printer
NationalityFrench
GenreNovel, dramaturgy, essay
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